2018 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 20th April, 10:50 (UK)

Where? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm will not be televised live in the UK

Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

BRONCOS

Head Coach: Wayne Bennett

Starting 13: Boyd, Oates, Roberts, Opacic, Isaako, Bird, Milford, Lodge, McCullough, Pangai Jnr, Glenn, Sims, McGuire – Interchanges: Thaiday, Ofahengaue, Nikorima, Su’A – Reserves: Pearson, Dargan, Tagataese, Haas

Unavailable: Andre Savelio, Jordan Kahu, Matt Gillett

  • Brisbane ended New Zealand Warriors’ 100% start to the season as they defeated them at Mt Smart last week. It took a season-best performance from the Broncos to claim the spoils with them eventually seeing off the Warriors 18-27.
  • After a solid showing last week, Wayne Bennett has kept faith with the same pairing in the halves, despite Kodi Nikorima making a return. He’s named on the bench in place of Sam Tagataese in the only change to last week’s 17.
  • The Broncos proved too much for the Warriors last week and one of the main reasons was due to how many metres they made. They restricted the Warriors to 39.5m per set whilst the Broncos managed an average set distance of 48.4m.

STORM

Head Coach: Craig Bellamy

Starting 13: Slater, Vunivalu, Chambers, Scott, Addo-Carr, Munster, Jacks, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Asofa-Solomona, F. Kaufusi, Hoffman, Glasby – Interchanges: B. Smith, K. Bromwich, Welch, Kasiano – Reserves: Tonumaipea, Stimson, P. Kaufusi, Croft

Unavailable: Sandor Earl, Jahrome Hughes, Dale Finucane

  • Melbourne produced one of their most complete performances of the season as they dispatched Newcastle. The Storm were too good and set the tone for the game with a first-minute try, eventually running out 40-14 winners.
  • Craig Bellamy makes just one change to his side with Will Chambers returning from suspension to replace Young Tonumaipea in the centres.
  • Despite their big win last week, Melbourne still made eight errors. It’s a much lower number than they have produced on several occasions so far this season but they still top the errors made chart with 82, an average of 13.7 per game.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane host Melbourne at Suncorp in a game that feels a little low-key in comparison to recent seasons. Two of the biggest names in the game have been inconsistent at the start of this season with both teams currently sitting with 3-3 records. They both come into this game on the back of impressive wins; the Broncos ended the Warriors’ 100% start to the season and the Storm racked up 40 points against the Knights. This game could go either way and will depend on which version of each side turns up but the Storm have scored more and conceded less so far this season so just get the nod in a game that could even be decided by golden point.